Local menstrual care kits help girls in developing countries

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EMPORIA, Kan. (KSNT) – Since 2005, Lisa Buchholz of Kansas City has gone on medical mission trips around the world as a pharmacist. While on the trips, she quickly recognized the crucial need for feminine care products in the developing world.

“When you start looking at when they don’t have the proper supplies or access to the products they need, the first thing that can be affected is their attendance in school,” Lisa said.

To help, Lisa’s sister Jessica Buchholz, of Emporia, created the Facebook group and non-profit, “Rounding Up Undies” to raise donations and create feminine care kits for her sister’s mission trips with One Global Village.

“Each of the kits comes in a hand-sewn drawstring bag, sewed by volunteers. The fabric is donated. Within the bags, we have a gallon zip-lock bag that has 3 pairs of underwear, a washcloth, a whistle for safety, and some pens, because school supplies are hard to come by,” Jessica said. “There’s also the GeoCare Kit, that has the reusable hygiene pads, and also a couple of bars of soap.”

Lisa’s next mission trip is in India next month, where sanitation is an issue alongside a great need for feminine care products.

“We feel were are combating two problems at once, by giving them a product that is washable and re-usable. It can last up to three years, instead of something that is being used daily and in turn just ends up in the landfill,” Lisa said.

Since “Rounding Up Undies” started in 2015, the sisters have received thousands of donations and have put together many feminine care kits. Next month, Lisa plans to give these kits to up to 500 girls in India.

“It is just a liberating experience for these girls to go on and live their life. I think it’s something we have definitely taken for granted,” Jessica says.

Lisa added that just because you don’t travel on the missions doesn’t mean you can’t get involved.

For more information or to make a donation to Rounding Up Undies and One Global Village visit:

One Global Village Donation Breakdown:

  • For about $10 we can provide a girl for a kit that will last for 3 years
  • 48% of the rural and 77% of the urban women among the 336 million women who are of menstruating age in India can afford sanitary napkins, they throw away approximately 432 million napkins a month (this is from GioCare)
  • We hope to hand out at least 500 kits in India. That equates to 1,500 pairs of underwear, 1,000 washcloths, 1,000 bars of soap and 1,000 GioCare kits

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